The Druids thought it peculiar also. As you are traveling around the next few days, scan the tops of the leafless hardwood trees and look for the dark green clumps of mistletoe. Now contemplate just how they cam about growing in the loftiest boughs of our tallest oaks.


Kleckley Vows Fight Over Deep Cuts To Higher Ed

Jan 12, 2015

Louisiana House Speaker Rep. Chuck Kleckley plans to fight any plan that would significantly reduce higher education funding in the spring legislative session. 

Last week, a spokesperson for Gov. Bobby Jindal stated the administration was looking at a cut of $200 to $300 million for state colleges and universities.  "That would not set higher ed back by years, but, by generations," said Kleckley.  Jindal's staff is considering ways to reduce state spending as a result of an anticipated $1.4 billion shortfall.  A reduction would occur in the fiscal year budget starting July 1.   

Intake Site Sought For Area Homeless

Jan 9, 2015

The plight of the homeless is an issue where some local organizations want to make a difference in the new year.  Continuum of Care Coalition's Sarah Johnson says she's hopeful of developing a centralized intake site in Monroe.

LDI Improves Online Services

Jan 8, 2015

The Louisiana Department of Insurance has enhanced it's online tool to help consumers find a better rate for homeowner and automobile coverage.

"You can enter more specific information about yourself and miles you drive, and other things that set rates," Donelon said.  The upgrades include streamlined online services and a responsive design that makes the site compatible with mobile devices.  He says policy holders should be aware that scenarios presented in rate comparisons are for illustrative purposes and are not designed to match exact circumstances.

House Of Horror Mixes Dancing & The Dead

Jan 7, 2015
Strauss Theatre Center

A sleazy Wall Street broker finds himself stranded during a business trip in London.  He wanders his way to a mysterious house.  Seeking shelter, he soon encounters some paranormal creatures that deliver an arcane message through dance.

Area Braces for Arctic Blast

Jan 7, 2015

Residents are urged to prepare for an arctic front moving into north Louisiana today.  A hard freeze is expected early this evening through Thursday morning.

Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Kevin Davis says precautions should be taken in advance of the cold snap.  "Make sure pets and plants are protected from the weather, cover or wrap exposed pipes to insulate from sub-freezing temperatures" Davis said.

Jindal Meets With Iowa Conservative Groups

Jan 6, 2015

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal meets with conservative religious leaders in Iowa today.  The possible 2016 presidential candidate is looking to shore up support among this group of voters.  According to the Des Moines Register, one meeting is scheduled for Cedar Rapids, the other in Des Moines.

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  Beth Ackerman says she had to help a Republic Services worker dump her loaded recycling bin into the truck to keep it from sitting on her curb for a fifth straight week.

The Shreveport Times reports ( ) that she's among many Shreveport residents upset by what they say is poor service.

Gary Bartels, of Republic Services, says complaints have gone way down in recent months.

But some city councilors and residents say poor service continues.

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 A year after George Rodrigue's death, his estate will release 450 copies of a Blue Dog Mardi Gras print he designed.

The Advertiser ( reports that this one paints the round-eyed, perky-eared dog in Carnival colors: half of its face is green, it has a yellow snout and wears a purple mask.

Rodrigue's son, Jacques Rodrigue, says a special stamp proves the silkscreen prints are authentic. The 1.5-inch by 3-inch stamp uses ink that looks black to the naked eye, green under infrared and purple under ultraviolet light.

A West Monroe carton plant run by Graphic Packaging has been cited for 28 safety violations related to an incident last summer.